AAA/CASCA Executive Program Committee
Executive Session - Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: Until recently, the voices and long-standing knowledge and wisdom of Indigenous peoples have been largely excluded from climate change science, decision-making, and governance. Encouragingly, a shift has emerged in the last few decades. Today, a number of climate scientists are beginning to realize the critical importance and value of Indigenous peoples’ wisdom, observations, insights, and knowledge. This group of scientists recognize, for example, that environmental change as observed, monitored, and tracked by Indigenous people, and as passed down over generations through oral history and storytelling, can extend the scientific record or offer contextual and experiential understandings that go beyond laboratory- or model-based findings. In turn, Western scientists can explain the physical processes behind these observations and understandings. Across cultural worlds, there is a growing recognition that such cultural diversity is critical in understanding and addressing the effects of climate change. Yet, there are few venues devoted to facilitating this kind of work, to creating an intercultural collaborative process based on respect, justice, equality, and reciprocity that addresses our changing climate. Provisioning that missing space is precisely what the Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences program sets out to do. This session will highlight work by participants of this program, including Indigenous and Western scientists, educators, students, and early-career professionals, whose work challenges us to build a more equitable future and a more just scientific process.